Jan 7 2024 - Jan 7 2024

Nov 23 – Cordage and Continuity

  • Jan 7 2024 - Jan 7 2024


Class: Cordage and Continuity – The exploration of cordage as a process to transform the meaningful materials in our lives. with Saoirse Byrne
Tuition: $160/Members $180/Non-Members
Class Dates: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2024
Times: 9:30-12:30/1:30 – 4:30pm
Place: Pacific Textile Arts classroom
Number of Students: Minimum: 5  Max:10
Materials fee: None
List of items students need to bring: Please bring two to three different lightweight fabrics or garments that you are interested in working with- they could be special or curious to you in some way. T-shirts can make great cordage, and the fabric can be torn or stained and turn into wonderful cordage. If you would like to add beads to your necklace, please bring large holed beads that you are drawn to or objects that have holes- beach finds and found objects are welcome! I find natural fibers more pleasing to work with but it is more important to me that you resonate with the material regardless of fiber content. Please feel free to email me with any questions and I look forward to meeting you in November.

Class Description:  Humans have been making cordage for tens of thousands of years. Please join Saoirse Byrne in learning how to apply this ancient process to the materials in our lives that are sentimental in some way but no longer serve in their current form. This workshop is an opportunity to learn the basic technique as it applies to a variety of fabrics and have the time and guidance to explore different approaches using cordage to create unique and meaningful necklaces or garlands. Folks will come away with a finished necklace or the beginning of a longer piece as well as an understanding of the principles of the technique and how to apply them to various materials. Cordage is a slow process that lends itself to reflection and conversation. By gathering for a full day we can explore the question of how a line continues- a lineage of family, of thought, of skill- we can share and learn from one another.

This class will give folks a broad understanding of how to prepare and work with various materials and an opportunity to play with different approaches to cordage. Folks will use fabrics that they bring that are in some way special to them and I will share the process and considerations of turning a wide variety of materials into cordage. Folks will come away with a finished necklace or the start of a more lengthy piece.

Saoirse Byrne is an artist, designer and craftsperson based in Boonville, California. For over a decade she has been exploring the form of cordage in jewelry, accessories, soft furnishings, and custom commissions. Saoirse trained as a fashion designer at Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with an MBA in Sustainability from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco among the pioneering cohort. Her exploration of cordage began with learning to twist wild harvested plants with Tamara Wilder. Curious, she applied the process to the abundance of materials in her studio and life. The threadbare handkerchief that once belonged to her great grandmother was precious but altogether unusable. As cordage it became strong, a loving reminder of family connections- a necklace that could be worn and a process that could be shared.

Website: www.SaoirseByrne.com
Instagram: @lineage_of
Facebook: Lineage Of
Links to other pages/articles:  https://wordofmouthmendo.com/word-of-mouth-stories/cordage E

Questions: Email classes@pacifictextilearts.org



You must be a paid 2024 member to register for the member rate.

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Tuition $160/Members $180/Non-Members
Tuitions include a 20% non-refundable deposit up to a maximum of $50.


50%now, $80 members/$90 non-members, with 50% balance due by October 16, 2024

By signing up for this class you are agreeing to our cancellation policy. Please read before registering.


Your tuition, or balance if you are making payments, is due 15 days before the first day of class. At this point we have committed to paying the teacher whether you attend or not. Tuition is subject to the cancellation policies below and includes non-refundable deposit of 20% of the class fee up to a maximum of $50 to hold your space in the class.

If the minimum number of students is not met, or for any reason Pacific Textile Arts or the teacher must cancel the class, your tuition including deposits will be refunded or you may credit them toward a future class.


Full refund terms: If you cancel more than 30 days before the start of class you may receive a full refund minus the non-refundable, non-exchangeable deposit, or you may request a credit minus the non-refundable deposit toward a future class within 1 year.

Credit toward a future class: If you cancel between 30 days and two weeks before the start of class you may request a credit toward a future class minus the non-refundable deposit.

If you cancel within two weeks of the start of class, including if you have an illness or emergency, tuitions are non-refundable unless the minimum number of students can be met without your presence OR you are able to find a replacement for your space. Only then may you request a credit toward a future class minus the non-refundable deposit. 

No Shows – No refunds or credits will be given.

These policies have been revised in an effort to ensure, as an all-volunteer organization, that we provide a full roster of classes, offer reasonable tuitions, and guarantee our teachers will receive full payment for their work. By signing up for this class, you are agreeing to the above policies.

If you need clarification on these policies, please email classes@pacifictextilearts.org prior to registering for the class.

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